Dana White explains why he is perfectly fine letting Israel Adesanya move up to light heavyweight to fight Jan Blachowicz after Robert Whittaker turned down the opportunity to fight the champ. @DanaWhite confirms that Israel Adesanya will fight Jan Blachowicz for the light-heavyweight title in 2021. pic.twitter.com/5moJ9wrfng. That’s star power. They took mixed martial arts to places like the Ellen show and TMZ. UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira McGregor did it by viciously knocking out Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez on his way to the featherweight and lightweight crowns. • Saturday, Las Vegas The UFC and Adesanya would be best capitalising sooner rather than later — and they have the McGregor model to follow. “Let’s not forget, he fought Yoel Romero when he didn’t have to. "Israel Adesanya is a guy who wants to stay busy, wants to fight,” White said. I don't think he comes back for any old foe. He's fresh. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site.

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I thought the UFC should have booked Jones vs. Francis Ngannou this summer, and I thought it should have booked Jones vs. Adesanya next, too. So when would this Adesanya-Jones fight actually happen? And you know how much I love that stuff.”. Craziest s*** I’ve ever seen. "Israel Adesanya is a guy who wants to stay busy, wants to fight,” White said. Sources: Means replaces Lawler in Perry bout, Sources: Chookagian-Calvillo eyed for UFC 255, White on Silva loss: 'He should never fight again', White: Adesanya's next fight against Blachowicz, TUF series back for 29th season, to air March '21, White convinced Khabib will unretire, go for 30-0, Mousasi reclaims title, denies Lima second belt, UFC Fight Night takeaways: Time is right for Anderson Silva to retire; Bryce Mitchell is legit, UFC Fight Night: Bryce Mitchell, Greg Hardy impressive in victories, The inside story of how 'The Ultimate Fighter' saved the UFC 15 years ago, MMA pound-for-pound rankings: It's unanimous -- Khabib is unsurpassed, Whittaker: Adesanya is the only guy I want to fight, Why Khabib Nurmagomedov is(n't) MMA's GOAT. For other inquiries, Contact Us. The weight cut was clearly very difficult. It’s the kind of highlight that will get the casual fans and female eyeballs required to launch a fighter’s fame into the stratosphere. By Lewis Mckeever @Mckeever89 Oct 8, 2020, 3:30pm EDT Share this story He has been in many a clinch with many a strong man, and his skill set has fared just fine.

Seeing the 30-year-old’s choreographed entrance in front of the 50,000-plus fans in attendance made most mortals pause. You'll now receive the top MMA Junkie stories each day directly in your inbox. Keeping Nurmagomedov as the champ means the proposed Jan. 23 bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier won't be for the title, but if McGregor beats Poirier, it seems certain his next fight would be for the belt. With all that being said, it has to be right for Nurmagomedov to return. UFC president Dana White said middleweight champ Israel Adesanya will move up a weight class to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title.

UFC real or not: Khabib will fight again? Whenever the UFC president was asked about who would carry the company forward after the stars of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor faded, he’d give the same answer: Someone. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya could very well be the fifth “champ-champ” of the UFC. But what about when they get their hands on each other? No one should hold Nurmagomedov to what he said in the moment, adrenaline racing, mind going a mile a minute. “I was adamant on him fighting Whittaker for the title. Ariel Helwani and Daniel Cormier discuss why now is the time for the UFC to book a megafight between Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya. UFC UFC Fight Night Post-Fight Show & Recap: Anderson Silva vs… The Last @Stylebender is heading to 205lbs! Dana White confirms Israel Adesanya will challenge Jan Blachowicz for light heavyweight title in next fight. Let’s get Adesanya-Jon Jones — and potentially two or three servings of it — while the time is ripe. UFC 254: A dominant performance, a tearful goodbye and a legacy of greatness for Khabib. He’s special.”, “Adesanya is without a doubt the UFC’s next superstar,” added the Daily Express’s Chisanga Malata. And like McGregor, Adesanya made the undisputed king of a division look overmatched. I'll be honest, I hope so. Whittaker might not have fallen in 13 seconds like Aldo but the Aussie barely flustered his rival and was clearly shown up as an inferior striker in the final exchange that ended the fight. Wagenheim: Adesanya's skill set is a handful at middleweight and will be no less so at light heavy, because his skill set begins and ends with speed. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

I just wish Adesanya-Jones were happening next, because lord knows that's bigger than any title fight, but we'll have to wait a little longer for that one, after all. Will 2021 be the year McGregor regains a title? You only had to look at the names in attendance to understand the gravity of Sunday’s main event. The story of Nurmagomedov going for 30-0 against GSP, one of the greatest ever, would be incredibly rich. Israel Adesanya had a similar reaction to us all when Conor McGregor made his emphatic return. Santos hasn't fought since his split-decision loss to then-champion Jon Jones in July 2019, while the 41-year-old Teixeira has won four straight. No matter who you got, make sure you’ve got a lot of proper no 12 to share with you and your friends. As confirmed by UFC president Dana White, Israel Adesanya will fight Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title next. Where his star finally lands remains to be seen and despite the similarities to McGregor, he’s not going to appeal to exactly the same audience. “He wants to challenge himself against the best." Like McGregor, he also dismissed accusations of being handed an easy path to a title fight by defeating a bona fide champion. We’ll do what he wants.”. Adesanya has made two middleweight title defences since winning the belt against Robert Whittaker in 2019. 1 contender fight, right? If Adesanya does become champion of a division long ruled by his archnemesis, Jon Jones, would that entice Jones to put his heavyweight pursuit on hold and drop back down to try to reclaim the title he held for nearly a decade? It was a surprise announcement late Saturday night, taking the focus off a lackluster main event featuring Anderson Silva's likely UFC exit, and setting in motion several possible scenarios across three weight classes. It comes after Whittaker - who beat Jared Cannonier on Fight Island - turned down a rematch with Adesanya. Speed fuels his elusiveness as well as his attacks. UFC 260: Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Israel Adesanya MEGAFIGHT!!! Fame, particularly the type of fame McGregor achieved and Adesanya seems destined for, has a way of changing things pretty quickly.

Two top light heavyweight contenders will battle in Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event, with Thiago Santos facing Glover Teixeira. Of course, if Blachowicz touches Adesanya, it will feel like nothing he has felt before. Adesanya will be light heavyweight champ? Rt Izzy moving up to LHW and getting an instant title shot is bs.. And support these great athletes that are going to entertain us. But the same things were said about McGregor, who was hailed for continuing to train in Ireland in the early stages of his career while sticking with the same girlfriend who had been with him since day one. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Like McGregor, who towered over men he described as “midgets” in the 145-pound ranks, Adesanya looks like a giant against the rest of the 185-pounders. But let's remember one thing: The UFC badly, badly wants to book a rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor. Just how good is Dillon Danis? And the UFC hopes so, too. “Whittaker comes out and says he doesn’t want to fight him. He was injured and sick during camp. Sign up for our newsletter and get every update delivered to your inbox! The rules don’t apply to Israel Adesanya. “And then Whittaker comes out after the fight and says he doesn’t want to fight him, which is wacky. I suspect that Adesanya will have an answer. And if so, how does Adesanya stack up? I think it will, because he's never been one to rely on a one-punch difference-maker. Plans. Jones, 33, has long rivalled Adesanya, with pair on a collision course to fight. "Israel Adesanya is a guy who wants to stay busy, wants to fight,” White said.

I truly think the UFC lightweight champion believed that he would be stepping away, and that he couldn't go on as a fighter without his father. Will Adesanya's power translate? Jon Jones vacated to move up to heavyweight. So is Jones willing to wait until possibly next fall to fight again, or would an Adesanya bout be too tempting? Robert Whittaker ‘not stoked’ to fight Israel Adesanya but feels he has ‘tricks’ he can roll out. He's not a classic volume puncher, launching offense at every second. But his next move will be to conquer a second weight class, as White confirmed he will move up to challenge Blachowicz.

Khabib Nurmagomedov dominates Justin Gaethje during their bout and would later get emotional after finishing Gaethje in the second. ET. Conor McGregor lends his support to Israel Adesanya In his recent Instagram post, McGregor said, “ What’s up all you proper animals. As confirmed by company president Dana White, “The Last Stylebender” will now challenge the newly-crowned 205-pound king Jan Blachowicz. Despite the unbeaten New Zealander plotting a step up in divison, he will not be stripped of his current middleweight crown. Melbourne Cup 2020 live, how to watch, Channel 10, Delta Goo... Melbourne Cup 2020 live updates: King of Leogrance scratched... Melbourne Cup 2020 form guide: Late betting plunge, market m... Cricket news 2020: Shane Watson retirement, IPL, Morning Ser... Melbourne Cup: Wildest photos of all time, post-race, madnes... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. “Not since Conor McGregor have we seen someone burst through the UFC doors like this,” Helwani said. Especially this middleweight. If Adesanya can do this to the Reaper, there’s no reason to believe the likes of “Jacare” Souza, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa won’t go the same way. But OK, then he’ll move up to 205 and have him fight Jan. “That’s what he wants. Dana White suggests Conor McGregor was trying to steal Israel Adesanya’s thunder in the leadup to UFC 253. Is it wishful thinking, or is White onto something? Thanks for signing up.

As a former tradie with more than a few rough edges, the Irishman has a relatability the Nigerian-born Kiwi may never match — particularly with the beer-drinking fight fans who fill pubs and clubs to watch McGregor’s fights. Adesanya is every bit McGregor’s match when it comes to quick wit and one-liners but to this point he hasn’t shown the same sense of humour, which will likely mean the Dubliner remains the pin-up boy of the lads.

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